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Online Travel Booking Review Guide

Nowadays we almost always purchase our travel services online.    

It's evident that we save time and money as well. No paper ticket issue means you spend a little less on an airline ticket. The fact that many travel agencies don't maintain offices means also that the prices of fares drop.

Overall online travel is a great advantage to all travelers, but the internet is extremely large, complicated. Advertisements are everywhere, one does not know what to choose. The travelers need advice on where to book and this is where we come in!

We have put together an analysis of the following list of sites, the small reviews will hopefully help you make a good decision.

 

 

Travelocity

Travelocity

A general travel agent offering airfare, hotel booking, car rental. Travelocity is a subsidiary of Sabre Holdings Corporation

Our rating: 6/10

Positives:  wide range of combined services ("fly & drive", "flight & hotel", etc.); a good selection of last minute deals displayed periodically; good and non-stop customer service.

Negatives: poor selection of destinations.

Expedia

Expedia

It used to be Microsoft's venture and today it is one of the biggest online booking agents. Expedia uses the Sabre and Amadeus, as well as other online reservation systems to search for hotels, rental cars, flights, vacation packages, etc.

Our rating: 7/10

Positives: you have the possibility to create your own customized trip by adding together different travel services; Expedia has a variety of local sites that sell travel services to the residents of the respective countries.

Negatives: puts accent on certain regions, such as the Caribbean, Western Europe and there are quite few offers the rest of the World.

Kayak

Kayak

It is a US-based travel search engine founded in January 2004 by the ex-founders of giants Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz. It doesn't sell directly to the consumer, but aggregates results from travel agents and redirects the visitor to one of these sites for reservation. Kayak's profit comes mostly from advertising.

Kayak was considered one of the "50 coolest websites" in 2006 by TIME Magazine.

Our rating: 6/10

Positives: searches on over 140 sites to find available services; allows the search for one way, round-trip, multi city, but also weekend flights.

Negatives: results are slightly manipulated by the fact that travel agents actually pay Kayak to display what they want to sell, therefore you might not get the cheapest deals; hidden restrictions that will come to light later in the booking phase or only if you carefully study the rules.

Orbitz

Orbitz

A very well designed giant of the online travel industry. Once a leader, Orbitz is now loosing ground to the young innovative travel agents.

Our rating: 6/10

Positives: also sells train tickets, which is rare among the major online travel agents; also serves the event travel segment, for instance you can buy tickets to sports and cultural events; lower prices in comparison to most other agents; possibility to customize a trip.

Negatives: serves US customers exclusively.

Hotwire

Hotwire

US-based travel agent focusing primarily on budget travel.

Our rating: 6/10

Positives: every easy to use website; emphasis on discounted services, this way you can clearly see the ones that have reduced prices.

Negatives: only USA-based clients served; departure place must be in the USA; lacks useful tools.

 

Fare Compare

Fare Compare

This site allows you to compare airfares. This is the new trend in online travel booking. More and more clients are looking for the possibility to compare prices of various travel agents and airlines. With FareCompare.com you can do just that!

Our rating: 7/10

Positives: easy to use, comprehensive site; allows the search of one way, round-trip and multi city tickets; contains and airline fee chart and also offers other useful information regarding air travel.

Negatives: there is a poor selection of departure and destination places; only searches 9 sites, which is not enough.

Last Minute Travel

Last Minute Travel

Specializes on the last minute travel segment. Has a fast & easy to use engine that searches for last minute flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises, packages.

If you are hunting for late booking offers, you must check this one out!

Our rating: 8/10

Positives: comprehensively built-up, very easy to use website; offers discounts to club members.

Negatives: selection of travel offers is relatively poor; many services are not actually last minute services, but are bookable in advance; poor selection of destinations: mostly Caribbean, US and Western European.

 

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